This post can double as a “What I Wear to Work” entry. My trip to New York was primarily for my job, so I didn’t spend too much fussing over how I was gonna look. My outfits were pretty much what I’d wear to a regular office day. I’m a lot more casual at work and usually save the flashy stuff for weekends.
Sticking to work outfits actually helped a lot with packing too. I used to think that packing light was a challenge, but I’ve gotten progressively better at it. Just gotta be practical and willing to go without certain items for a while.
Before I Left
I had these pictures a week before I left, but I never got to post it so I’m tacking it on here. And yes, I’m back to wearing jeans! My no-pants rule was a lot of fun, but I was starting to feel restricted in what I could wear after a month or two. That rule was meant to challenge me, not impede me. Now that I’ve broken out of my rut, I feel more comfortable going back to my old uniform, knowing that I also feel good about other silhouettes now.
If I’m being perfectly honest, I don’t know how to dress myself in cold weather. :’D It’s like all color drips out of my wardrobe, and I’m left with nothing but black and white, with some blue and red if I’m feeling ~saucy~. That’s something I have to figure out.
It’s likely a matter of stepping out of my comfort zone again to explore other colors in the cold. I’ve never liked purple, but I think I could try some plum? Seeing this beautiful reversible cowl has me warming up to it. And yes, I will be giving that crochet pattern a try.
Anyway, this outfit is my typical personal uniform: roomy top and skinny jeans. Feels great to be in it again though! It’s so nice to have a look that I love to fall back on.
- Ralph Lauren striped shirt (hand-me-down)
- Aeropostale jeans
- Forever Women’s cardigan
- Refresh booties
- Men’s beanie from Amazon
- Necklace from Wantable
- Bag from Shoedazzle
I asked a stranger to take this picture of me. She crouched down on the ground to try and catch the leaves it seems, but thank you lady for making me look tall! I wore this the morning I left and then all day on my time off before the conference. It was the only “nice” outfit I had planned for the trip since that day was the only one I had to myself.
If my hair looks like a mess, that’s because it is. I’ve decided to grow my hair and bangs out, and I’ve hit the awkward phase. I’m not feeling short hair anymore. I’m not even sure if I want to keep dyeing my hair too. Of course, I come to this revelation after purchasing a new bottle of 30 volume developer… At the very least, I hope my bangs would look better by my next trip in a few days!
Here are some bootleg shots of my first day outfit. I didn’t have anyone else to take pictures for me. Luckily, my room had a full-length mirror. I only brought one coat, one hat, one bag, and one pair of shoes to keep packing simple. So this was it. I planned my outfits before I left so I could keep everything coordinated.
I lost my hat at the Met though. One moment I had it, and then I didn’t. I was pretty bummed about that, but I managed to crochet myself a new hat. That’s some consolation. I actually like the look of my handmade hat better than the one I bought, but I wouldn’t call this a blessing in disguise because I still spent money on the hat I lost. I hate losing things.
- Faded Glory pea coat
- Aeropostale button-down shirt and waffle sweater
- American Eagle jeans
- Casecrown messenger bag
- Boots from Payless
- Same beanie and necklace as first outfit
Same button-down and jeans as the first day! I wore fresh thermals underneath, okay? And I’d have my hat on if I didn’t lose it that day before. This was on the first day of the conference. I kept it simple and comfortable.
The blue long-sleeved shirt was actually a hand-me-down from one of Mike’s relatives. The material is great, but it was originally too long for me. I hemmed it but I didn’t do a very good job, so I’m planning on bringing it up another inch and sewing it properly. It’s also a little big on me overall. I need to stop being lazy and start looking at sewing machines!
- Hollister long-sleeved shirt (hand-me-down)
- Everything else is the same as Day One LOL
Do you guys like that I got progressively frumpier as the trip went on? COOL, ME TOO. I stopped caring on my last day because it was all work and I had to go straight home afterwards. I also got tired of my hair being in the way all the time. I know I need to retouch my roots. My brown hair actually faded back to dark blonde, so that’s annoying. Don’t bleach your hair, kids.
- Everlane striped shirt
- Aeropostale polo shirt
- American Eagle black jeans
- Same cardigan as first outfit
- Same shoes as the other NY outfits
That’s it for my mega compilation of recent outfits! I’m off to a long weekend in Boston this coming week. I’ll be documenting my outfits then too, so stay tuned!